State Officials Approve Permit For Dakota Access Pipeline Project

Thu 3-10-2016

(Des Moines)-- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has approved a permit for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline project to cross publicly-owned land in the state. Officials add, however, the permit is still conditional on authorization from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.    

The permit would allow Dakota Access to construct the pipeline across the Big Sioux River Complex Wildlife Management Area in Lyon county along with borings of the line under the Big Sioux River in Lyon county, the Des Moines River in Boone county and the Mississippi River in Lee county.    

The permit lays out conditions addressing construction techniques to be used, timing of construction, environmental resource concerns and long-term maintenance to minimize potential environmental and natural resource impacts.    

A mitigation plan has also been negotiated to restore and enhance the type of habitat affected by the construction of the pipeline. The company will $400,000 to implement that plan.    

The proposed pipeline will transport crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota diagonally northwest to southeast across Iowa, to a refinery in Illinois.